Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Apple Watch Series 3 Announced

Apple Watch Series 3 Announced

A new Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide color capture, faster autofocus in low light and better HDR photos, while a new quad LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync results in more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds.

Series 3 comes in a variety of bands and cases... a new band, the sport loop, is best for an active lifestyle. It has built-in cellular, making it a truly stand-alone device.

According to Apple, it has already started working with major movie studios as well as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to offer 4K content on the new Apple TV 4K. That's good news if you're wanting to pick up an Apple Watch for the first time and don't really need to upgrade, because you'll also be able to pick up one of the Series 1 starting at $249.

You'll also be able to stream Apple Music while you're on a run, and use Siri to find the album or track you're after.

What we know now is that Apple Watch Series 3 goes for $399 for the cellular version and $329 for the non-cellular version, with order starting September 15 and deliveries starting September 22.

To push this even further, the company has announced a new program called the Apple Heart Study which it will use to help users and researchers learn more about heart arrhythmia. The good news is that it doesn't look like you'll have to hold your watch's mic right up to your face, with the live demo showing a chat with someone out paddleboarding.

Apple is taking orders starting September 15, and Series 3 will be available starting September 22.

Apple launched the third generation of its smartwatch, Apple Watch Series 3, during the special event at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park.

Other than that, most of the updates are on the software side, such as voice responses from Siri and new watchOS 4, which includes the GymKit platform that allows wearers to sync the watch with exercise equipments. There is the addition of a "recovering heart rate" which shows how fast your heart rate drops after a workout, and the watch will alert you when it detects an abnormal spike in your readings. Various leaks have indicated the new phone will feature a sharper display, a so-called OLED screen that will extend from edge to edge of the device, thus eliminating the exterior gap, or "bezel", that now surrounds most phone screens. Apple promises up to 18 hours of battery life. Congratulations to the Apple Watch team for this breakthrough. You can preorder on September 15, and the devices will become available on September 22.

The new TV will be available on September 22 as well and will begin at $179 for its 32 gigabyte version. The Series 2 came with a dual core processor that was 50% faster than before, a new GPU that can deliver twice the graphics performance, and built-in Global Positioning System. And there's a price cut for the Series 1, which is being kept in the range.

Apple announced a new generation of iPhone: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Last year's model, for instance, introduced Global Positioning System capabilities, so that the watch can measure runs and bike rides more accurately without the iPhone nearby.

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